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Hanley Ramirez scratched Tuesday with strained elbow
by R.J. White |

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup due to an elbow strain.

Ramirez has been on fire at the plate lately, going 9 for 17 over his last five games. He has hit .278/.362/.445 with 13 home runs, 69 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

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Matt Shoemaker to miss next scheduled start
by R.J. White |

Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker will miss Saturday's scheduled start due to a strained oblique, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Shoemaker described the strain as "very mild," but the team will move ahead cautiously. He could make one more regular-season start if he recovers well enough over the next several days.

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Seth Smith scratched from lineup with hamstring tweak
by R.J. White |

Padres outfielder Seth Smith was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup due to a tweaked hamstring, U-T San Diego reports.

Smith is just 1 for 23 over his last seven games. He has hit .266/.367/.444 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 414 at-bats.

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Joaquin Benoit could return Friday
by R.J. White |

Padres clsoer Joaquin Benoit will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and could return to action as early as Friday, U-T San Diego reports.

Benoit has been out since Aug. 26 while recovering from a shoulder injury. He owns a 1.58 ERA and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.

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Nick Castellanos scratched from lineup with foot issue
by R.J. White |

Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was a late scratch from Tuesday's starting lineup due to left foot soreness, the team announced.

Castellanos fouled a ball off his left foot in Monday's game, and the team has decided to let him rest the injured foot Tuesday rather than risk further injury. The third baseman has hit .266/.313/.405 with 10 home runs and 60 RBI in 496 at-bats.

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Matt Shoemaker has 'very mild' left oblique strain
by R.J. White |

Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker is dealing with a "very mild" left oblique strain, the Orange County Register reports.

Shoemaker underwent an MRI Tuesday to determine the cause of the discomfort on his left side. He's day-to-day and questionable to make his next scheduled start Saturday.

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Steve Johnson to undergo shoulder surgery
by R.J. White |

Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson will undergo surgery next Wednesday to remove a large bone spur behind his right shoulder, Comcast SportsNet Baltimore reports.

"It was either wait it out or stretch it out or get surgery and get it removed. It shouldn’t be a long recovery, but I think this is the best way to go," Johnson said.

Johnson has spent the season in the minors, posting a 6.23 ERA in 47 2/3 innings at three different levels, with most of his action coming with Triple-A Norfolk.

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Geovany Soto available off bench Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Athletics catcher Geovany Soto is available off the bench for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

"I'm good to go," Soto said Tuesday.

Soto hasn't played since leaving Friday's game due to back spasms. He has hit .211/.250/.316 in 57 at-bats.

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Ryan Raburn heading for MRI on injured knee
by R.J. White |

Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn is heading back to Cleveland to have an MRI done on his injured knee, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Raburn told his manager that he's feeling better, but depending on what the test uncovers, he could be shut down for the remainder of the season. He has hit .200/.250/.297 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 195 at-bats.

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MRI reveals no structural damage for Zach Walters
by R.J. White |

An MRI on the ribcage of Indians outfielder Zach Walters has revealed no structural damage, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The injury is believed to be of the soft-tissue variety, and Walters may be able to make it back on the field before the end of the season. He's just 2 for 20 in September.

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